A cupcake is a small cake designed to serve one person, frequently baked in a small, thin paper or aluminum cup.
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As with larger cakes, frosting and other caek decorations, such as sprinkles, are common on cupcakes.
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A standard cupcake uses the same basic ingredients as standard-sized cakes: butter, sugar, eggs, and flour.
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Nearly any recipe that is suitable for a layer cake can be used to bake cupcakes. The cake batter used for cupcakes may be flavored or have other ingredients stirred in, such as raisins, berries, nuts, or chocolate chips.
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Because their small size is more efficient for heat conduction, cupcakes bake much faster than a normal layered cake.
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Cupcakes may be topped with frosting or other cake decorations. They may be filled with frosting or pastry cream.
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For bakers making a small number of filled cupcakes, this is usually accomplished by using a spoon or knife to scoop a small hole in the top of the cupcake. In commercial bakeries, the filling may be injected using a syringe.
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Originally, cupcakes were baked in heavy pottery cups. Some bakers still use individual ramekins, small coffee mugs, large tea cups, or other small ovenproof pottery-type dishes for baking cupcakes.
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Cupcakes are usually baked in muffin tins. These pans are most often made from metal, with or without a non-stick surface, and generally have six or twelve depressions or “cups”.
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They may also be made from stoneware, silicone rubber, or other materials. A standard size cup is 3 inches in diameter and holds about 4 ounces, although pans for both miniature and jumbo size cupcakes exist. Speciality pans may offer many different sizes and shapes.
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Individual patty cases, or cupcake liners, may be used in baking. These are typically round sheets of thin paper pressed into a round, fluted cup shape.
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Liners can facilitate the easy removal of the cupcake from the tin after baking, keep the cupcake more moist, and reduce the effort needed to clean the pan.